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In a first, nations at climate summit agree to move away from fossil fuels

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🗞️ Driving the news: Nearly 200 countries at COP28 reached a landmark agreement explicitly calling for a transition away from fossil fuels
• This first-of-its-kind pact in three decades of climate negotiations includes commitments to accelerate the shift from oil, gas, and coal this decade and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century

🔭 The context: The agreement, achieved amid intense debate, reflects a compromise between nations urging a "phaseout" of fossil fuels and major oil exporters and fast-growing economies advocating for a slower approach

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This agreement marks a significant step in global climate diplomacy, signaling an unstoppable shift away from fossil fuels
• It's a recognition of the urgent need to reduce emissions to combat climate change effectively

⏭️ What's next: Each country is expected to submit a detailed plan by 2035 to curb greenhouse gas emissions, guided by this agreement
• The implementation and effectiveness of these plans will be crucial in the coming years

💬 One quote: "Humanity has finally done what is long, long, long overdue." (Wopke Hoekstra, European Commissioner for Climate Action)

📈 One stat: The agreement targets tripling global renewable energy capacity by 2030 and significantly reducing methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas

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